Reverend Guo Cheen
Founder of The Compassion Network and resident ordained Mahayana nun at the TCN Buddhist Center in Seattle, WA. Co-Editor of the award winning Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership. Author of Translating Totality in Parts: Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Avatamsaka Sutra. Speaker and author of academic articles on translation theories and Buddhist doctrines.
Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service.
Myokei Caine-Barrett, Shonin, a Nichiren priest and the resident teacher at Myoken-ji, a temple in Houston, Texas. The daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother, Myokei Shonin is the first woman of African American and Japanese descent—and the only Western woman—to be ordained as a priest within the worldwide Nichiren Order. (She is also the first female priest in the Nichiren Order of North America.)
David Lawson co-founded Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center and currently leads its Teachers Council. David has trained as a teacher in both the Theravada and Tibetan traditions. He has led meditation retreats, classes and workshops in a variety of settings. He is especially interested in exploring ways in which the Buddha’s teachings can be applied to our most pressing daily challenges. Although his primary practice remains in the Theravada tradition, David believes that much can be learned through dialogue across the major Buddhist traditions.
Frederick Meyer is a lifetime practitioner within the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. He works as a web technology consultant, and is inspired by the possibility of helping spiritual practitioners connect across geography and tradition. He lives in New Orleans.